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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

Hardwood Knocks: An NBA Podcast Blue Wire

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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

    2022 NBA Trade Deadline MAILBAG: Sixers, Jazz, Celtics, Mavs, Nuggets, Raptors, Cavs, MORE

    2022 NBA Trade Deadline MAILBAG: Sixers, Jazz, Celtics, Mavs, Nuggets, Raptors, Cavs, MORE

    MAIL TIME. AGAIN. NBA TRADE DEADLINE STYLE. Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) from Bleacher Report, Forbes and The NBA Podcast (@TheNBAPod) joins Dan for a super-duper-mega episode in which we answer all the questions you have leading into the trade deadline. Our journey covers the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, Indiana Pacers and MORE!
    🔘 Intro (0:49)  
    🔘 Grayson Allen/Impact of Alex Caruso's injury on Chicago's trade-deadline approach (5:05)
    🔘 Can the Cavs swing a trade to become a contender? (8:19)
    🔘 Will this trade deadline be extra quiet or especially busy? (14:29)
    🔘 The Ben Simmons Situation
    👉👉Should the Spurs be interested? (21:52)
    👉👉The Sixers' approach to negotiations (24:25)
    👉👉Is there still a Kings-Sixers deal to be made? (26:40)
    👉👉The James Harden rumblings (28:56)
    👉👉What should the Timberwolves look to do at the deadline? / Is Simmons actually the right fit? (30:37)
    👉👉PREDICTION TIME: When will Simmons get traded? (36:29)
    🔘 Potential surprise sellers among playoff hopefuls (43:05)
    🔘 Can the Mavs swing a trade to become a title contender? (53:21)
    🔘 Any realistic moves that can vault second-tier teams into the title discussion? (58:07)
    👉👉DAN SAYS SOME PRETTY OPTIMISTICALLY UNHINGED ABOUT THE TORONTO RAPTORS (1:01:36) 
    🔘 Which teams will be looking to duck the tax? (1:05:18)
    🔘 THE JAZZ + CELTICS (1:08:23)
    🔘 What can the Nuggets do with Facundo Campazzo? (1:32:38)
    🔘 Can the Lakers do anything serious at the deadline? (1:37:58)
    🔘 Will the Warriors make a trade? (1:47:23)
    🔘 Backup 5 targets for Chicago (1:50:38)

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    Host: @danfavale
    Host: @fromal09
    Follow: @HardwoodKnocks
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    MAILBAG: Lakers 🤮, Steph, Kevin Love, Jazz, Mavs, Ben Simmons, Marcus Smart

    MAILBAG: Lakers 🤮, Steph, Kevin Love, Jazz, Mavs, Ben Simmons, Marcus Smart

    MAIL TIME. Our latest journey through the minds of you, our treasured audience, takes us through the Los Angeles Lakers, Frank Vogel and Russell Westbrook dumpster fire; the Utah Jazz's struggles; trade targets for the Dallas Mavericks; thoughts on Ben Simmons; 2022 NBA title contender rankings; Stephen Curry's offensive usage with the Golden State Warriors; Kevin Love's Sixth Man of the Year candidacy; the Charlotte Hornets' defensive uptick; Anthony Edwards' growth; Marcus Smart's down year(?); and sooooo much more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    🔘 Intro (0:49)  
    🔘 SMALL-BUT-IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT😳 (1:51)
    🔘 Lakers/Frank Vogel/Russell Westbrook (3:33)
    🔘 Contender Rankings/East vs. West (15:01)
    🔘 Kevin Love's SMOY case (21:22)
    🔘 Useful stats when talking DPOY (23:51)
    🔘 Top Most Improved Player candidates (26:27)
    🔘 What's wrong with the Jazz? (29:49)
    🔘 Ben Simmons + Kings rumors (36:01)
    🔘 WHO SAYS NO? - Listener proposes Sixers-Jazz trade idea (40:45) 
    🔘 Best Hornets defensive lineup/Charlotte's defensive improvement (44:17)
    🔘 Anthony Edwards' growth (48:34)
    🔘 How good is Ayo Dosunmo REALLY? (51:55)
    🔘 WTF is the deal with Steph Curry? (55:21)
    🔘 Realistic-but-impactful Mavs trade target rankings (58:24)
    🔘 Top net ratings so far/Top net ratings in victories only (1:07:11)
    🔘 Should the Celtics look to trade Marcus Smart? (1:09:19)

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    Host: @danfavale
    Host: @fromal09
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ranking Top 10 NBA Players Under 25 By Career Outlook

    Ranking Top 10 NBA Players Under 25 By Career Outlook

    RANKINGS TIME. Major shoutout to Charles (@charles_swann_) for asking DMing us a question that inspired an entire podcast. And so, Adam and Dan will be ranking the NBA's top 10 players under 25 by career outlook...with a small twist. First, however, we'll begin by talking about Kevin Durant's sprained MCL, and how that impacts the Brooklyn Nets (4:11). After that, it's all kiddies (11:05)! Please listen to our criteria before you get mad at us. But, yes, then feel free to get mad at us. For now, let's wax poetic about Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Ja Morant and a whole bunch of other talented-as-hell youngsters. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    🔘 0:30 - Intro
    🔘 4:11 - Impact of Kevin Durant's injury on Brooklyn Nets
    🔘 11:05 - Rankings Criteria
    🔘 15:59 - No. 1 
    🔘 18:38 - No. 2
    🔘 21:52 - No. 3
    🔘 27:11 - No. 4
    🔘 31:44 - No. 5
    🔘 37:31 - No. 6
    🔘 43:13 - No. 7
    🔘 49:03 - No. 8
    🔘 55:20 - No. 9
    🔘 59:23 - No. 10
    🔘 1:04:39 - No. 11-15/Honorable Mentions

    Host: @danfavale
    Host: @fromal09
    Follow: @HardwoodKnocks
    Follow: @SportsMathNet
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    MAILBAG: Cam Reddish Trade Reaction, 1st-Time All-Stars, Grizzlies Ascending, Suns Trade Targets

    MAILBAG: Cam Reddish Trade Reaction, 1st-Time All-Stars, Grizzlies Ascending, Suns Trade Targets

    MAIL TIME. But first: A TRADE. Adam and Dan break down every angle of the Atlanta Hawks sending Cam Reddish to the New York Knicks. After that, they belly flop into a mailbag that covers the Memphis Grizzlies' ascent and playoff stock; the NBA's best defensive communicators; ideal trade targets for the Phoenix Suns; potential first-time All-Stars; RJ Barrett's recent hot streak; and MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    🔘 0:19 - Intro
    🔘 CAM REDDISH TRADE REACTION
    ——Details (2:40)
    ——Hawks (3:45)
    —— Knicks (21:59)
    🔘 What is the Grizzlies' ceiling this season? (32:59)
    🔘 RJ Barrett's recent "Holy hell!" tear (39:02)
    🔘 Better SECONDARY duo: Atlanta (Hunter/Collins) or Memphis (Bane/JJJ)? (42:53)
    🔘 Who is Phoenix Suns' ideal trade target? (47:26)
    🔘 Predicting first-time All-Stars (50:42)
    🔘 How important is communication on defense? / Who are the NBA's best defensive talkers? (55:35)
    🔘 Tyrese Haliburton's crunch-time efficiency (59:30)
    🔘 Why the Wizards SHOULDN'T trade Beal (1:00:22)
    🔘 Are the Raptors a dark-horse giant? (1:02:58)

    Host: @danfavale
    Host: @fromal09
    Follow: @HardwoodKnocks
    Follow: @SportsMathNet
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    1 Important Stat for Every Western Conference Team

    1 Important Stat for Every Western Conference Team

    STIZZATZ TIME. As we near the midway point of the 2021-22 NBA season, Adam and Dan have cobbled together one stat for each Western Conference team that they find interesting. If you missed the Eastern Conference editions of this podcast, check it out here! TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    🔘 0:19 - Intro
    🔘 3:34 - Dallas Mavericks
    🔘 8:18 - Denver Nuggets
    🔘 14:21 - Golden State Warriors
    🔘 18:38 - Houston Rockets
    🔘 23:31 - LA Clippers
    🔘 27:05 - Los Angeles Lakers
    🔘 31:28 - Memphis Grizzlies
    🔘 35:09 - Minnesota Timberwolves
    🔘 38:13 - New Orleans Pelicans
    🔘 44:10 - Oklahoma City Thunder
    🔘 47:20 - Phoenix Suns
    🔘 51:02 - Portland Trail Blazers
    🔘 54:09 - Sacramento Kings
    🔘 57:26 - San Antonio Spurs
    🔘 1:01:07 - Utah Jazz

    Host: @danfavale
    Host: @fromal09
    Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks
    Instagram: @hardwood_knocks
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    MAILBAG: Blazers Fire Sale?, MVP Ladder, LaMelo, Rookie, Jazz Trade Targets, Jokic, Steph

    MAILBAG: Blazers Fire Sale?, MVP Ladder, LaMelo, Rookie, Jazz Trade Targets, Jokic, Steph

    MAIL TIME. Our latest dive into listener questions covers the MVP race, a potential Portland Trail Blazers fire sale, trade targets for the Utah Jazz, LaMelo Ball's All-Star case, Stephen Curry vs. Nikola Jokic, a James Harden-Russell Westbrook what-if scenario, rookies who need more minutes, team-building philosophies, harmful high-volume players, RJ Barrett's role with the New York Knicks and much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    🔘 0:30 - Intro
    🔘 2:31 - Will Blazers hold a fire sale?
    🔘 11:02 - Who's been the best second-round pick?
    🔘 16:16 - Is Nikola Jokic getting enough MVP love?
    🔘 19:24 - Jokic vs. Steph / MVP ladder
    🔘 24:37 - Will LaMelo Ball be an All-Star?
    🔘 28:05 - Can any star currently in the league win six or more titles?
    🔘 30:49 - Which rookies most deserve more minutes?
    🔘 33:40 - Should RJ Barrett have a bigger offensive role?
    🔘 37:36 - Joel Embiid's free throws
    🔘 38:52 - Do the Jazz need to make a bigger trade?
    🔘 45:37 - Would you rather have a role player with one elite skill or replacement-level impact all-around?
    🔘 47:07 - Worst three-point "defenses"
    🔘 50:00 - Who is the NBA's most damaging high-volume player?
    🔘 52:07 - If the Thunder trade Westbrook instead of Harden, would they have won a title?

    Host: @danfavale
    Host: @fromal09
    Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks
    Instagram: @hardwood_knocks
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

ColJJGod ,

All You Need

Great variety of news, analysis, guests, hypotheticals, rankings, and other content. Very informed hosts that go deep on all 30 teams year-round! Thanks for the exceptional work! Really appreciate how much you put into it so we can enjoy it!

One note: can we get the intro length down a bit? December 23 2021 episode had a 6 minute intro, it’s a bit much.

Absolutely love the show.

Brandon Vickers ,

My favorite pod

The pelicans takes make me sad (but generally so do the pelicans themselves), anyway, this is still my favorite NBA podcast. Unbiased and it feels like a genuine attempt to just discuss the league at large. Love it

storm_01 ,

Why not

Why not

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